On Saturday 21st October we broadcasted from Church Road ahead of Leigh Dynan and Koo Dumbuya’s final game in charge of the Leafe, before they depart for pastures new with Kingstonian.
Full line-up: Leigh Dynan (Whyteleafe), Koo Dumbuya (Whyteleafe), Gary Alexander (Greenwich Borough), Malcolm Porter (South Park), Danny Heale (Canvey Island), Paul Joynes (Waltham Abbey), Spencer Day (Farnborough) and Rob Tolfrey (Kingstonian).
Episode 16 of The Bostik League show saw a top of the table clash in the Bostik South. Hosts Whyteleafe, are 3rd in the division with 25 points after 13 games. 2 positions, and 1 point fewer, Boro have 24 points after 12 points.
Jack Barham has had a fantastic October, scoring 5 goals under Gary Alexander. Leafe’s top-scorer matches him on goal tally, however Daniel Ajakaiye’s have come throughout the campaign.
For QR4 of we set up at Coles Park, ahead of an all-Bostik tie between Haringey Borough and Heybridge Swifts. Boro manager, Tom Loizou and vice-captain Daniel Aristidou joined to co-host.
Full line-up: Tom Loizou (Haringey Borough), Daniel Aristidou (Haringey Borough), Jody Brown (Heybridge Swifts), Steve Watt (Margate), Sammy Moore (Leatherhead), Glenn Tamplin (Billericay Town), Andrew Leese (Enfield Town), Darren Purse (Enfield Town), James Shaw (Burgess Hill Town), Ian Chapman (Burgess Hill Town), Neil Cugley (Folkestone Invicta) and Nick Robinson (Isthmian League chairman).
Haringey Borough and Heybridge Swifts are familiar faces to each other, with both occupying positions in the Bostik North. The hosts are currently 4th, after collecting 22 points in 11 games, whereas Swifts are 8th in the division after collecting 15 points in just 6 games; impressively winning their opening 5.
So far in the FA Cup, Haringey have defeated Bowers & Pitsea, Hitchin Town, Welling United and Bideford. Their emphatic victory against National League South opponents in QR2, also awarded the North Londoners Performance of the Month Award from the Isthmian League. Heybridge progressed with victories over Haverhill Rovers, Arlesey Town, Met Police and Frome Town.
Reaching this round of the competition is club history for the hosts, as they seek to create more with a win today. As for Jody Brown’s men, they have enjoyed earlier FA Cup success reaching the First Round in 1994-95 (L 0-2 to Gillingham), 1997–98 (L 3-0 v Bournemouth), and 2002–03 (L 0-7 to Bristol City).
For Non-League Day our team were in Surrey for a Bostik Premier derby between Merstham and Dorking Wanderers. Prior to the encounter, BOTN were joined by both managers (Hayden Bird and Marc White), who didn’t share too much on tactics, however their shared philosophy on playing football has been well documented throughout their managerial careers, and the game promised passing football.
Merstham are unbeaten in 5, and position 11th in the league. As for 20th placed Dorking Wanderers, they are yet to win away from home this campaign, and have recently succumbed back-to-back defeats.
Featured image via Steve O’Sullivan, @sossportsphotos.
It was a Non-League Day special on Saturday 7th October, as we broadcasted from the Moatside. Hayden Bird and leading club goalscorer, Ryan Hall joined to co-host for hour one, and in hour two, opposition manager Marc White joined the table.
Full line-up: Hayden Bird (Merstham), Ryan Hall (Merstham), Marc White (Dorking Wanderers), Nassim Dukali (Herne Bay), Peter Augustine (The FA), James Cameron (Banstead Athletic), Peter Buckland (Horsham YMCA) and Tommy Hutchings (Whyteleafe).
On Tuesday 3rd October, we arrived at The Green Elephant’s stadium to see The Hillian’s host in-form Kingstonian. It’s 5 league wins in 6 for the K’s, who have impressively scored 15 across those encounters. Craig Edwards’ side are also the only Bostik Premier side to date, to take points from big spenders, and title-favourites, Billericay Town.
Despite faring the underdogs on paper, collecting only 9 points out of a possible 24, Burgess Hill are only 90 minutes away from reaching the Emirates FA Cup First Round. Cheik Toure’s 90th minute winner, saw “cupset” for NLS Wealdstone, and the Hillian’s once more host NLS opposition in QR4; Dartford.
On Saturday 30th September we were joined by Margate manager and Skipper, Steve Watt and James Rogers ahead of their FA Cup QR3 tie against local rivals Herne Bay.
Full line-up: Steve Watt (Margate manager), James Rogers (Margate captain), John Embery (Herne Bay manager), Ian Chapman (Burgess Hill Town manager), Marc White (Dorking Wanderers manager/ chairman), Neil Baker (Slough Town) and Zaki Oualah (Leatherhead goalkeeper).
Separated by 12 miles and 26 league positions, Hartsdown Park opened its gates for QR3 of the FA Cup. Both clubs entered the field with similar forms, only losing once in their most recent 5 encounters. With league points collected identical for these two sides (15 points), their goal tallies are also faring similar; Jake Embery (HBFC) and Nassim Dukail (HBFC) have scored 6, and Jordan Chiedozie (MFC) has scored 5.
On Tuesday 26th September, we visited High Road for some Bostik Division 1 South action. Last season Chipstead won both league encounters with Carshalton Athletic, however the visitors are currently in great form, and have not lost a game in 5 (DWWWD). As for The Chips, having started the season winless in 5, they have enjoyed back-to-back league victories, so will be looking to maintain momentum.
Despite scoring 16 goals for Chipstead last season, Raheem Sterling-Parker is now playing in red, and is amongst the sides top 3 scorers. Could it be “third time lucky” for The Robins?